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Cookies and Similar Technologies
This section describes the specific types of cookies served through this Website, their purposes, and your options to manage them.
Cookies: Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by your browser while you are visiting a website. Usually a cookie contains the website’s name using it and a string of text or a “unique identifier” which enables websites to recognize that cookie on each subsequent visit throughout its lifetime. Cookies can collect and store a wide range of information, such as the type of browser or operating system used, language or other browser settings, or your interaction with the website. Usually cookies are not used to collect data that itself identifies an individual. However, information collected with cookies may become associated with a natural person, if it is combined with personal information.
Some cookies (called session cookies) erase their records about you when you close your browser. Other cookies (called persistent cookies) erase their records about you at some preset time, regardless of whether you close your browser. We may use both types of cookies, whether we place them directly on the site, or whether third-parties place them on the site for us. The data from these cookies is then used to enable features on the site and to help us better understand how users experience the Website.
Apart from cookies, we also use other tracking technologies.
Web beacons, embedded scripts and other similar technologies: We and our third-party partners may also use similar technologies on this Website, such as web beacons (also called Pixel-Tags, tracking pixels, clear GIFs) or scripts. Web Beacons are small graphic images (that may be embedded into websites or in HTML emails), which are usually not visible for the Website Visitor. They track the Website Visitor’s interaction with this Website or the services our vendors help us provide. For example, they help us to understand whether or not you read our content or if you clicked on the links contained within our content. An embedded script or pixel is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with this Website, such as the links you click on. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your device from our web server or a third-party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the Website, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter. While you may not have the ability to specifically reject or disable these tracking technologies by your browser settings, they typically work in conjunction with cookies; accordingly, declining cookies in your browser will, in most cases, impair functioning of these technologies as well.
Types of Cookies served through this Website
We use first-party and third-party cookies for several reasons:
Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to provide fundamental functions of this Website, e.g., to enable you to browse this Website and use some of its features, such as access to secure areas. For instance, we use these strictly necessary cookies to embed contact forms on this Website.
Tracking Cookies: These cookies are used to track the use of promotional offers provided on this Website. They solely serve the purpose to allocate sales or other transactions to the respective offer on our Website in order to receive our commission. Tracking cookies are stored on your device until you change your cookie settings.
Functionality cookies: These cookies enable us to remember your preferences (such as your cookie choices), but are not essential to the use of the Website. Functionality cookies are stored on your device until you change your cookie settings.
Analytic and performance cookies: These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how this Website is being used, to improve user experience and fix issues on the Website quickly or to help us customize our Website and services for you in order to enhance your experience. These cookies may be placed by us or by third parties.
However, we do not associate cookies, web beacons, or other tracking mechanisms with Website Visitors for the purposes of tracking, targeting, creating or supplementing profiles about Website Visitors.
How you can control your Cookie settings
If you want to delete or disable cookies, you can do so using your browser’s settings. Most browsers currently accept cookies automatically. However, if you prefer, you can configure your browser settings in a way that no cookies are stored on your computer or to notify you before a new cookie is placed. Each browser is a little different, so please follow your browser instructions on how to manage your browser settings.
If you use different devices (e.g., smartphone, tablet, computer, etc.) please make sure that each browser on each device is adjusted to reflect your cookie preferences.
Some internet browsers may include the ability to transmit “Do Not Track” or “DNT” signals. As uniform standards for “DNT” signals have not been adopted yet, this Website does not currently process or respond to “DNT” signals.
Please note that if you fully deactivate cookies, you may be unable to use some or all features of this Website.
You do not have to accept cookies and consent can be withdrawn at any time, although you may not be able to use certain features on this Website. You can do this by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.
Please follow the links below to helpful information for the most popular browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer:
You can also find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org